New Orleans

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, officials dramatically remade the long-struggling education system in New Orleans, turning it into the nation’s first all charter-school system. Our stories will look at what’s working — and what’s not — in the nation’s largest, most ambitious experiment with school decentralization. See all our Special Reports

When the firing of a principal raises bigger questions than one person’s bigotry

Dismantling racist policies is harder than destroying tangible symbols of racism

Is school choice helping or hurting Catholic schools in New Orleans?

Fresh on the job, the city’s first black Catholic schools chief remains optimistic in face of flagging enrollment, new competition

In high-crime areas, education reform needs to expand outside the classroom

A science project can be the difference between life and death for kids in New Orleans

Building educational “success” on the backs of fired black teachers

Was the human cost of New Orleans’ school choice reforms really worth it?

What happened when a city full of teachers, most of them black, was fired

Research shows that half of the 4,300 New Orleans teachers fired after Hurricane Katrina never taught in Louisiana again

Betsy DeVos should know robbing Peter to pay Paul is a sin in education

Education budget could end proven programs in favor of perilous policies

The Civil War may be settled, but the fight to remove its symbols rages on

New Orleans activists aren’t erasing history, but correcting it

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OPINION: “TOPS should be for low-income students”

A student asks Louisiana Rep. Nancy Landry to restore funding for the state’s merit scholarship program

OPINION: “Education was the only way for me to help my family”

A student asks the Louisiana governor and legislature to restore funding for the state’s merit scholarship program

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